- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Partisan trap

“Politically, black America is almost socialistic. There’s a feeling that the government is the vehicle that’s going to lift us to equality, and without the government, we’ll never make it. Black America has suffered from this delusion since the 1960s. It’s gotten to the point where we’ve now made affiliation with the Democratic Party an aspect of the black American identity. No matter who the Democratic nominee is, they get 90 percent of the black vote in every single election. …

“My enemies say my career would have gone nowhere without affirmative action. I don’t think that’s true, but because there is affirmative action, they can say that. There are no blacks who are free from that stigma, and that’s a terrible thing to do to people who are trying to succeed on their own. I think affirmative action is the worst cruelty blacks have endured since slavery.”

— Shelby Steele, interviewed by Michael Robinson in the April issue of the American

Enterprise

Forgotten history

“Cinco de Mayo is already widely celebrated in the southwestern United States. But just as Hanukkah is celebrated more in the United States than in Israel, Cinco de Mayo is more of a holiday in the U.S. than in Mexico. Mexicans know that in the second Battle of Puebla in 1863, French troops crushed the Mexican army, days later occupied Mexico City, and continued to rule Mexico for the following four years.

“The French Emperor Napoleon III dared to send troops to occupy Mexico only because the United States was preoccupied with its own War Between the States, a.k.a. our Civil War. When our war ended, we massed a huge American army on the Texas border with Mexico and informed the French emperor that under the Monroe Doctrine, we would not tolerate European control of Mexico.

“Napoleon III beat a hasty retreat, leaving his installed ‘liberal’ Hapsburg puppet ‘Emperor of Mexico’ Maximilian I to be overthrown and executed by the locals in 1867. But drinking their beer each Cinco de Mayo, educated Mexicans bitterly remember that it was pressure from the United States that liberated their country from French colonial rule.”

— Lowell Ponte, writing on “Uno de Mayo,” Monday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Moral absurdity

“It is tempting to string together a series of glib declarations from John Kenneth Galbraith’s 50 years in public life, note their absurdities, and move on. …

“Galbraith’s style was not just to be certain of his views, but to be positively declarative, rejecting the very possibility of informed dissent. Assumptions should be as sweeping as possible so as to support the broadest possible conclusion. Take this perfect example from 1984: ‘Partly, the Russian system succeeds because, in contrast with the Western industrial economies, it makes full use of its manpower.’

“Buried in such heavily loaded rhetoric is the key to understanding Galbraith’s legacy. He was not, in fact, an economist. … Galbraith was a moralist and a strident one at that. …

“American society was not just poorly planned, it was wrong. … Galbraith found income inequality immoral. Income had to be large enough to buy ‘decency’ on a relative scale or it was inadequate.”

— Jeff A. Taylor, writing on “American Scold,” Monday in Reason Online at www.reason.com

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